Let's take photos together: Exploring asymmetrical interaction abilities on mobile camera phones
Paper in proceedings, 2016

Mobile phones have become common tools for photography. Despite the fact that photos are social artifacts, mobile phones afford the act of photo taking only as an individual activity. Photo taking that involves more than one photographer has been envisioned to create positive outcomes and experiences. We implemented this vision with mobile camera phones, exploring how this would influence photo taking practices and experiences. We conducted a user study where altogether 22 participants (11 pairs) were using a novel mobile photography method based on asymmetrical interaction abilities, comparing that with two traditional methods. We present the collaborative practices emerged in different photography methods and report user experience findings particularly with regard to enforced collaboration in mobile photo taking. The results highlight benefits and positive experiences in collaborative photo taking. We discuss lessons learned and point out design implications that come into play when designing for mobile collocated collaboration.


User study

Collocated interaction

User experience

Design research


Photo taking

Digital photography


P. Jarusriboonchai

Tampere University of Technology

T. Olsson

Tampere University of Technology

Sus Lyckvi

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction Design (Chalmers)

K. Väänänen

Tampere University of Technology

Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services


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Computer and Information Science





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